Is it just me – or does Christmas seem to come around more quickly with every advancing year? It doesn’t seem a minute since we were packing up the Christmas decorations last year, and now Christmas preparations are upon us once more.
I think it must be an age thing.
Still, I do love an awful lot about Christmas. Here are some of my favourite things, in no particular order of importance:
1) Christmas decorations, candles, trees, tinsel, advent calendars
2) Christmas music; old perennial favourites, Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W Smith - and a few carols from Kings
3) Turkey and all the trimmings and mince pies and satsumas
4) Our Carols by Candlelight service on Christmas Eve – one of my favourite services of the year
5) The Christingle service, with many of the kids taking part
6) Packing and handing out our Christmas hampers
7) Opening presents on Christmas morning with Jenny and Isaac and Beth
8) Cooking Christmas dinner and listening to the Classic FM countdown of the nation’s favourite carols
9) Cold winter weather (!)
10) Our annual staff and Elders’ Christmas party
Many of these things have to do with tradition, culture, memories and familiar things. We are often comforted to hang our hat on old hooks.
There are still many people that like to go to church at Christmas. It’s a tradition thing, a childhood memory, a cultural comfort. I will certainly be doing my best to tell the old Christmas story in a fresh and yet familiar way to those that find their way through our doors, and our very talented worship team will be leading us in some wonderful music and song.
I pray that you, your family and friends will find, perhaps, the ability to see and experience something fresh and new and
wonder-filled among these old and well-visited stories and songs.
May you encounter Jesus and his wonderful peace and joy this Christmas.
God’s richest blessings